SAH/Mellon Author Awards

SAH-Mellon Author Awards


In 2016, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) a grant to administer the SAH/Mellon Author Awards. These awards were designed to provide financial relief to scholars who were publishing their first monograph on the history of the built environment and who were responsible for paying for rights and permissions for images or for commissioning maps, charts or line drawings in their publications. The publication of a monograph continues to be the most valued demonstration of scholarly competence for career advancement and recognition in the humanities. Unfortunately, many authors today must provide both a fully realized text and the financial resources for its image program. The cost for image rights and licensing, especially for digital publications, can be prohibitively expensive.

Through this grant, SAH provided awards to scholars to help defray the high costs of image licensing, reproduction, and creation of original drawings and maps for monographs on the history of the built environment.  Awards were made once in 2016, once in 2017, and once in 2018 for print (hardcover, soft cover) and digital publications (eBook, DVD). Awardees were selected on the basis of the quality of their project and their demonstrated financial need.

SAH is grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their support of this award, which provided funding for 25 scholars over six years. This grant is now closed.


2018  Irit Katz  The Common Camp: Instruments of Power and Resistance on the Edge of Architecture (University of Minnesota Press) forthcoming
2018  Conrad Kickert  Dream City: Creation, Destruction and Reinvention in Downtown Detroit (The MIT Press, 2019)
2018  Mariana Mogilevich  The Invention of Public Space: Design and Politics in Lindsay’s New York (University of Minnesota Press, 2020)
2018  Ünver Rüstem Ottoman Baroque: The Architectural Refashioning of Eighteenth-Century Istanbul (Princeton University Press, 2019)
2017  Chanchal Dadlani From Stone to Paper: Architecture as History in Eighteenth-Century Mughal India (Yale University Press, 2019)
2017  Farhan Karim  Of Greater Dignity than Riches: Austerity and Housing Design in India (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019)
2017  Fabiola López-Durán Eugenics in the Garden: Transatlantic Architecture and the Crafting of Modernity (University of Texas Press, 2018)
2017  Conor P. Lucey  Building Reputations: Architecture and the Artisan, 1750-1830 (Manchester University Press, 2018)
2017  Sun-Young Park Ideals of the Body: Architecture, Urbanism, and Hygiene in Post-Revolutionary Paris (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018)
2017  Avigail Sachs  Environmental Design: Architecture, Politics and Science in Postwar America (University of Virginia Press, 2018) 
2017  Suzanne Strum The Ideal of Total Environmental Control: Knud Lönberg-Holm, Buckminster Fuller, and the SSA (Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2019)
2017  Zachary J. Violette  The Decorated Tenement: Taste, Class, and Ethnicity in Gilded Age Boston and New York (University of Minnesota Press, 2019)
2016  Peter Christensen  Germany and the Ottoman Railways: Art, Empire, and Infrastructure (Yale University Press, 2017) 
2016  Itohan I. Osayimwese  Colonialism and the Archive of Modern Architecture in Germany (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017)
2016  Robin Schuldenfrei  Luxury and Modernism: Architecture and the Object in Germany 1900–1933 (Princeton University Press, 2018)
2015  Zeynep Celik Alexander  Kinaesthetic Knowing: Aesthetics, Epistemology, Modern Design (University of Chicago Press, 2017)
2015  Yvonne Elet  Architectural Invention in Renaissance Rome: Artists, Humanists, and the Planning of Raphael’s Villa Madama (Cambridge University Press, 2017)
2015  Brian D. Goldstein  The Roots of Urban Renaissance: Gentrification and the Struggle Over Harlem (Harvard University Press, 2017) 
2015  Cameron Logan  Historic Capital: Preservation, Race, and Real Estate in Washington, D.C. (University of Minnesota Press, 2017)
2015  Jennifer Mack The Construction of Equality: Syriac Immigration and the Swedish City (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) 
2014 Daniel A. Barber  A House in the Sun: Modern Architecture and Solar Energy in the Cold War (Oxford University Press, 2016) 
2014  Peter Fane-Saunders  Pliny the Elder and the Emergence of Renaissance Architecture (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
2014  Ann C. Huppert  Becoming an Architect in Renaissance Italy: Art, Science, and the Career of Baldassare Peruzzi (Yale University Press, 2015) 
2013  Francesca R. Ammon  Bulldozer: Demolition and Clearance of the Postwar Landscape (Yale University Press, 2016)
2013  Lucy M. Maulsby  Fascism, Architecture and the Claiming of Modern Milan, 1922-1943 (University of Toronto Press, 2014)

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